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Electronic Toothbrush: A Great Weapon Against Plaque Formation

If not controlled, plaque build-up on your teeth can be one of the most damaging substances to your oral health. It is a colorless film containing bacteria and sugar, and is the leading cause of cavities. It can also lead to gum disease.

Hardened plaque is known as tartar, which is easily visible as a brown or yellow stain. Tartar buildup further increases your chances of developing cavities and gum disease because it gives plaque more surface area to accumulate. This is why your dentist works to remove plaque and tartar at each visit.

Preventing plaque and tartar formation is one of the most important elements of your dental health. Brushing your teeth after each meal and flossing daily are the best way to remove plaque before it has a chance to harden into tartar.

One way of increasing your plaque removal power is by using an electronic toothbrush. Electronic toothbrushes have powered bristles that vibrate or rotate in alternating circular motions. One Sheffield University study showed that electronic toothbrushes removed 11 percent more plaque that manual toothbrushes.

The study also showed that electronic toothbrushes reduced gum inflammation by 6 percent and gingivitis by 17 percent after being used for three months. This means that electronic toothbrushes can be a powerful tool against plaque formation and its subsequent conditions.

Even if you aren’t that concerned about plaque formation and brush your teeth mostly to feel fresh, electronic toothbrushes will help. The rotating motion will leave your teeth feeling smoother, and the prevention of tartar formation will prevent stains from forming.

Your dentist can help you select the best electronic toothbrush for you. Even if you do begin using a powered model, it is still important to maintain other good dental habits such as daily flossing and regular visits to your dentist for professional cleanings. This will allow your dental healthcare team to remove any plaque your powered toothbrush may have missed.

Contact the Plano office of Dr. Darren Dickson for more information.

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